Climate Change Activities

Climate Change Activities

Students demonstrate their knowledge of interconnections between natural systems such as weather and climate and the built environment in which they live.

This lesson, a companion to the Drip Drop! music video, explores how climate change impacts the water cycle in the context of media literacy.

Students compare photographs of glaciers to observe how Alaskan glaciers have changed over the last century.

In this activity, students will learn about science and its characteristics by reviewing statements and deciding whether each reflects science, non-science, protoscience, or pseudoscience.  

Systems thinking is an important concept across the Earth sciences. In this game, students either are a part of a system or serve as scientists tasked with observing and making sense of the system moving in front of them.

Elementary students learn about the climate zones of the world by interpreting graphs and identifying climate zones described in postcards.

This hands-on inquiry activity alows students to explore how the color of materials that cover the Earth affects the amounts of sunlight it absorbs using a simple model.

Students analyze the energy consumption of a hypothetical household to determine the amount of carbon dioxide they are adding to the atmosphere each year.

Students analyze the energy consumption of a household appliance and estimate the amount of carbon dioxide it is adding to the atmosphere each year.

In this activity, students will analyze data sets that show how carbon dioxide varies through the atmosphere at different latitudes, altitudes, and different times of year.

In this graphing activity, students investigate Oxygen-18 data from ice cores used to investigate past climate.

Students match graphs showing aspects of observed climate change with statements that describe the observations.

Students review what scientists know and what they’re working to understand about the relationship between extreme weather events and climate change.

Students create and investigate a physical model to explore how the resolution of a mathematical model impacts model results.

IntroductionIn this activity, students gather information about atmospheric scientific field projects in order to understand how a research question about the Earth system can be answered by collecting data using many different research platforms and instruments.

Students explore the relationship between weather and climate by graphing weather temperature data and comparing with climate averages.

Students investigate how thermal expansion of seawater impacts sea level.

Students examine "pollen" in simulated lake bottom sediment core samples to infer past climate in the vicinity of the lake.

Students make a model of glacier motion and then design an experiment to figure out what affects the speed of a glacier.

Through a simple online model, students learn about the relationship between average global temperature and carbon dioxide emissions while predicting temperature change over the 21st Century.

In this activity, students move chips representing sunlight, heat, and infrared radiation around a series of boards representing Earth and its atmosphere.
Investigate maps and data to learn about the connections between hurricanes and climate, places where hurricanes form and how climate change may be affecting their strength.